New Jersey has become the latest state to introduce legislation that would change the way independent contractors are classified. ASTA is urging members in New Jersey to contact their legislators to lobby for an exemption for travel advisors.

The legislation, introduced by Senate President Steve Sweeney, would implement what ASTA described as a "rigid" test to determine which workers are employees and which are ICs.

ASTA said it is similar to legislation recently introduced in New York state  as well as legislation that has since been signed into law in California. 

ASTA was successful in securing an exemption for travel advisors in California and is actively working to do so in New York and New Jersey.

"The New Jersey legislature is in a lame-duck session through the end of the year and could take final votes on this bill in the next few weeks," ASTA said in its Travel Advisor Daily newsletter. "It is critical that we convince legislators to amend the bill to protect the IC model in our industry, as we successfully did in California and will have to do in neighboring New York next year."

New Jersey residents are encouraged to use ASTA's grassroots portal to send a message to legislators. 

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